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    Rutledge Applauds Overdue Arkansas Hate Crime Legislation

    August 19, 2020

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement following the announcement of a legislative proposal to make hate crime illegal during the 2021 legislative session.

    “It is past time that Arkansas joins the rest of the country and takes an unequivocal stance against hate crimes,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I applaud the members of the General Assembly for taking action on this issue and I will work with any legislator to pass a law that ensures we will not tolerate hate in The Natural State.”

    Rutledge has long been a supporter of hate crime legislation in Arkansas, one of only three states which has not adopted such a law. At the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Summer Conference in August 2019, Rutledge again called on the legislature to act and applauded Governor Hutchinson’s efforts asking Arkansas lawmakers to do the same.

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